In The Word
Read: Matthew 28:1-20
Jesus Is Risen!
28 Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave. 2 And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it. 3 And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. 4 The guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men. 5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified.6 He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying.7 Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.”
8 And they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples.9 And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him. 10 Then Jesus *said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and take word to My brethren to leave for Galilee, and there they will see Me.”
11 Now while they were on their way, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all that had happened. 12 And when they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, 13 and said, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole Him away while we were asleep.’ 14 And if this should come to the governor’s ears, we will win him over and keep you out of trouble.” 15 And they took the money and did as they had been instructed; and this story was widely spread among the Jews, and is to this day.
The Great Commission
16 But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. 18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
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Walking In The Word
We celebrate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and rightfully so, but if He did not rise from the grave, His death would have been in vain. Matthew gave us a great look at this event. The body of Jesus Christ was sealed in a borrowed tomb (Isaiah 53:9). The Jewish leader had Pilate place guards to watch over the tomb and Jesus’ body. The tomb, belonging to Joseph of Arimathaea who was a secret disciple of Jesus Christ, was sealed with a stone and a rope stretched across bound by clay on each side. This was done because they remembered that Jesus said He would rise again on the third day. They believed more than the disciples, so they did more than the disciples to prepare for His return.
When Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to the tomb where Jesus lay, there was an earthquake and the stone was rolled away. An angel sat on the stone and his presence caused the keepers to fall as dead men. The angel began to give the women the message of the resurrection. The women brought this message to the other disciples who then carried the message to us. That message is this: first, “Don’t be afraid,” second, “The tomb is empty because He has risen,” third, “Come and See,” and finally, “Go quickly and tell others.”
This is the message that should motivate us today. The stone was rolled away, the tomb was empty, and the Savior has risen with all power! Now go tell others!